Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Weight-Based Smokeless Tobacco Taxes in Wisconsin

June 20, 2011

Wisconsin is considering a revenue neutral tax proposal that would change the tax structure for smokeless tobacco from an ad valorem tax to a weight-based tax.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Auto Insurance

Matthew Glans
May 31, 2011

North Carolina is currently considering several types of changes to its auto insurance regulatory system.

Research & Commentary: State Video Franchise Reform in Texas

May 12, 2011

Current cable television franchise laws in Texas favor new video service providers over existing ones by not allowing existing service providers to enter into statewide franchises.

Research & Commentary: Louisiana Shouldn’t Concede Its Tobacco Tax Advantage

May 13, 2011

Louisiana is considering a proposal for a significant tax hike on cigarettes, smoking tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products.

Research & Commentary: Internet Gaming Regulations

Matthew Glans
April 29, 2011

The regulation of online gaming, including popular games such as poker, has reached a crossroads with the recent crackdown on poker Web sites in the United States.

Research & Commentary: Wireless Tax Fairness in the States

Marc Oestreich
April 22, 2011

The Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011, currently pending in Congress, would put a moratorium on discriminatory state wireless phone and data service tax increases.

Research & Commentary: FCC’s Data-Roaming Mandate

Marc Oestreich
April 3, 2011

On April 7, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on a data-roaming mandate that would force mobile operators to offer their data networks to smaller carriers on “commercia

Research & Commentary: Effect of 2011 Japan Earthquake on the Reinsurance Industry

Matthew Glans
April 1, 2011

With billions of dollars in property losses expected in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, insurers will have to pay enormous claims.

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